The Big One

“…you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.” – Yeshua haMashiach, 33 AD

san andreas fault map southern california
Source: Daily Mail, 22 March 2017

Alaska Hit by 45 Significant Earthquakes Within 24 Hours as the West Coast Wonders if ‘The Big One’ Is ImminentCharisma News, 9 May 2017

In order to visualize the disaster potential, let’s compare Los Angeles County to the Great State of Texas.

LA County

  • 10,120,000 residents
  • 4,751 square miles
  • 2,130 persons per square mile


  • 27,962,000 residents
  • 268,597 square miles
  • 104 people per square mile

The population density of Los Angeles County is more than twenty times the overall population density of Texas. When – not if – the Big One happens, loss of life and property damage will be inestimable.

The low-lying coastal area of Los Angeles County compares to the Texas Gulf Coastal Plain: flat, substantial land subsidence due to pumping of ground water.

If you are familiar with the Hurricane Katrina disaster in New Orleans, imagine the scope of the potential disaster in Los Angeles County when the Big One hits.  A magnitude 9.0 earthquake compares to the 9.0 2004 earthquake that devastated Sumatra, Indonesia.

Sumatra Quake Shows California’s “Big One” Could Be Bigger Than Thought PossibleNBC4, Los Angeles, March 2017

Sumatra Island is 1.12 times the size of all California. That devastating earthquake of 2004 moved Sumatra 100 feet to the southwest.

What I wrote above is real. It could happen before you finish reading this or it may not happen for a few more years. It’s helpful to know the Big One is overdue, according to scientists.

Should – when – the Big One hits California the death toll will probably be in the millions. Huge coastal areas will probably collapse into the Pacific Ocean.

FEMA cites these benefits to being well prepared

Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters, as per the FEMA website.

  • Communities, families, and individuals should know what to do in the event of a fire and where to seek shelter during a tornado. They should be ready to evacuate their homes and take refuge in public shelters and know how to care for their basic medical needs.
  • People also can reduce the impact of disasters (flood proofing, elevating a home or moving a home out of harm’s way, and securing items that could shake loose in an earthquake) and sometimes avoid the danger completely.

What preparations have you made to deal with major disaster?

I and my wife believe the prophets who foretell the future and we are preparing for whatever may come our way. We have the “Go Bags” FEMA recommends. Meanwhile, we’ll go right on with our lives, growing our business, and serving our grandchildren.

John White
Rockwall, Texas

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